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Is it possible to use the ArcPy library on a Linux operating system?
Yes, it is possible to use the ArcPy library on a Linux operating system, given that either ArcGIS for Server or ArcGIS Engine are installed. This automatically installs the ArcPy site package.
However, the ArcPy library is not available as a stand-alone Python installation in Linux, because ArcPy requires that the binaries are installed together with either ArcGIS for Desktop or ArcGIS for Server.
Since ArcGIS for Desktop is not supported on a Linux operating system, a script written in ArcGIS for Desktop may not work.
Do not modify or upgrade the Python version installed with Esri products.